RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory's office no longer has a staffer devoted to Hispanic affairs, instead directing questions and concerns of North Carolina's Latinos into an office handling all constituent contact.
McCrory's staff said Friday the Office of Hispanic/Latino Affairs which operated in the governor's office since at least the 1990s has been folded into the constituent services office, which is the administration's main contact for all state residents.
McCrory spokeswoman Kim Genardo said the Latino Affairs office was staffed by one person, who recently left.
McCrory Chief of Staff Thomas Stith said the Republican governor's nearly three-month-old administration doesn't segment constituents by race or cultural background. Stith says an advisory council on Hispanic affairs can help address culturally sensitive issues.
The U.S. Census says nearly 900,000 North Carolina residents are Hispanic.